TCI Drug Prevention Foundation annual Masquerade Ball set for May 5th
By Todeline Defralien, TCSun, April 7, 2017
Turks and Caicos Drug Prevention Foundation will be hosting its annual Masquerade Ball on Friday May 5th, 2017 at The Courtyard at The Shore Club, Long Bay.
The aim of this event is to raise money to build a Half Way House for recovering addicts.
The Turks and Caicos Drug Prevention Foundation works along with the Turks and Caicos Government on trying to provide some assistance for them.
Dierin Longmire, President of the Turks and Caicos Drug Prevention Foundation, said they host this event every year to raise funds to start helping those individuals who are suffering from alcohol, drug addiction and the ones that are constantly going in and out of jail.
She added: “We’re hoping that we can raise some good funds here, we have a lot of silent auctions because it’s really important that we start moving on this Half Way House. We’ve started construction and the foundation has been dodged and we will start pouring this week so I am really happy that things are moving. We really need to get a hold of some funding because we’re still $300.000 short from getting this house completed.”
Longmire whose been working with the Drug Unit since 1995 stated that every year the event gains more and more support from the TCI community and they are very grateful for the support from everyone.
“We have a live band, raffles, mask will be provided for individuals, entertainment by Prime DJs, Harbor Heights and host of the event is O’Brien Forbes, there’s going to be very limiting speaking, we want everyone to come out and enjoy the buffet and we’re offering two free drink tickets and we just want everyone to have a really great time,” she said.
Longmire stressed they are hoping to raise exactly $300,000 more from this year’s event and she thinks that once this house starts going up she hopes that those who are well off will take a look and donate some larger funds.
Meantime she added: “Work started on the Half Way house three weeks ago, the materials are coming in and the constructions are going on but we can only go to certain points and we’re hoping that e get on the roof with the funds that we have. I don’t know exactly when the whole project will complete because that will all depend on the funding.”
Longmire pleads to the community to come out and support this great initiative. Tickets are up for sale and interested persons can contact Dierin Longmire on telephone number 246-2526 for tickets.
Caption: Dierin Longmire President of the Turks and Caicos Drug Prevention Foundation.